serve New Orleans in the past, maybe 25 or more years ago? And, I remember Delta offering caribbean/venezuala service out of New Orleans as well. Back in the late 1980s, I flew from LGA
with a stop in MSY
on a 72S......so international flights did exist. Question is, will they return?
Most US cities gain international and long-haul services when an airline establishes a major hub at an airport; for example, much of the international service out of Cincinnati is due to Delta's hub there, some of ATL
's and DFW
's intnernational services are due to hub operations, at EWR
could not offer the number of long-haul international flights that are scheduled without their hub operation. The problem for MSY
is that none of the traditional US carriers hub at MSY
; the problem is compounded by the fact that in this world of alliances, non-US carriers usually select routes into their partner's hub.
The other issue is geography, New Orleans is not far from ATL
and even MIA
, all major hubs for one or more airlines that offer a huge amount of international services to Europe,Latin America and Japan, backed up by huge connecting traffic and, in most cases, good to excellent O&D traffic.
That being said, it is possible that an airline could build a latin american gateway at New Orleans, although MIA
is "the" latin american gateway with IAH
doing quite well thanks to CO
does have some latin american/carib flights out of DFW
could try MSY
-London, but only if it could somehow get the flight into LHR
for onward connections or LH
would possibly try MSY
if there was support from the business markets (hey, they surprised everyone a couple of years ago with PHX
service and now are opening PDX
.) Much has to do with business connections between two areas, is the "greater" New orleans area home to many subsidiaries or divisions or mulit-national corportations? If its not, it will be difficult to interest the airlines in opening nonstop long-haul services......its far too easy to use code-share connections to accommodate lower yeild leisure passengers.